Apple TV Series 'Shantaram' Adds 'Macbeth' Director Justin Kurzel To the Mix
Friday, August 16, 2019 14:49 IST
By Shaurya Thakur , Santa Banta News Network
After establishing itself as a titan in the technology industry, Apple is moving into the show business. In a competitive response to other streaming services, 'Apple Streaming Service' has signed on a host of major talents such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg J.J Abrams, Kumail Nanjiani, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Mamoa, Hailee Steinfeld.

'Apple Streaming Service' has acquired the rights of Gregory David Roberts' best selling novel 'Shantaram' and its sequel 'The Mountain Shadow'. The novel will be adapted into a 10 episode series penned by Eric Warren Singer and David Manson.

The series has roped in Australian writer-director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth, Assassin's Creed) to direct the first two and the final two episodes of the series. The novel has been in the works for on-screen adaptation for the longest time. Initially, filmmaker Mira Nair was attached to the project with Amitabh Bachchan and Johnny Depp starring but it went nowhere.

Justin Kurzel will bring his latest film 'The True History of Kelly Gang' to the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), based on Peter Carey's novel of the same name. It stars Russell

Crowe, George Mackay, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam, Essie Davis, and the 'Leave No Trace' breakout Thomasin McKenzie.

'Shantaram' is a semi-autobiographical account of an Australian heroin addict who escapes from prison and his country, ending up in the slums of Mumbai. Assuming the name Lindsay, his life takes a different turn when he meets Prabaker, a spirited taxi driver.
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